The N/A (Not applicable) project addresses questions of temporal placement and the abstract “found”. Using rare, nearly forgotten cameras to achieve a subtle feel of the very recent past, she makes images that look like recovered memory recordings and induce a strong sense of nostalgia. While being modern creations, these pictures appear fragmentary and taken out of their native sequence, which is likely located somewhere at the advent of digital technology. They seek to join the rows of anonymous visual artifacts that have long lost all links to their factual origins. The photographer’s calculated approach to working with aged tools tempts us to suspend our disbelief and discover something old in something new.
Anastasia Tailakova (1984) was born in Samara but now lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has graduated from Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (2009) and finished Photography as Research program at FotoDepartament Foundation, St.Petersburg (2013). Her work is featured in the Amplitude Nr.1 – a set of 10 photobooks by emerging Russian photographers published by FotoDepartament.